Purpose of the Salmon FIP Tracker
The goal of the Salmon FIP Tracker is to provide stakeholders with easily accessible information about the sustainability status of salmon fisheries and progress being made toward fishery improvement goals.
How is a fishery defined?
Fisheries are defined by some combination of target fish species, stock, geographic area fished, and fishing methods and gear. For fisheries in a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment process, the fisheries profiled in the Salmon FIP Tracker generally reflect assessment or certification units. To avoid duplication, units may be combined into a single fishery profile if they have the same sustainability performance level and conditions/improvement goals.
How do I see more information on a particular fishery?
Click on the fishery name to see the fishery profile. You can search for a fishery by name, region, etc. using the filtering criteria in the black box at the left of the screen.
What do the circles for stock status, ecosystem and management mean?
Each circle represents a sustainability indicator for three principles of sustainability:
- Stock status: targeted fish stocks are healthy or being managed for recovery
- Ecosystem: fishery does not damage the ecosystem on which it depends
- Management: management system is effective and promotes responsible resource stewardship
For Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries:
For a fishery to be certified according to the MSC standard, all three principles must receive an average score of 80 or greater. The scores are assessed by certification bodies who calibrate the fishery against a set of relevant performance indicators. A weighted average (using MSC methodology) is displayed within the circle for each principle, based on scores for relevant performance indicators. We take these scores or compute them from public MSC assessments and audits, with the source data available by clicking on any of the colored circles.
- Green: An average score of 80 or greater indicates a high level of sustainability. It is important to note that even for certified fisheries that have average scores of 80 or above, there are almost always scores of less than 80 for performance indicators under a given principle. In those cases conditions are put on the fishery to address the areas in need of improvement. As the fishery meets those conditions, scores will rise over time.
- Yellow: An average score between 60 and 80 indicates there is a strong need for improvement.
- Red: An average score less than 60 represents an unsustainable aspect of the fishery.
For fisheries that are in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and are not yet certified:
Scores for these fisheries are taken from baseline assessments and audits that are not as detailed and rigorous as a full MSC assessment, in which performance indicators are scored by assigning them a range (80 or above, 60 to 80, or below 60). Therefore we just show red, yellow or green without a number in the circle since we cannot compute a precise numeric score. Again, source data is displayed by clicking on the circles.
What does the Sustainability pie chart represent?
The sustainability pie chart indicates how close the fishery is to achieving an unconditional pass against the MSC standard at a given time, where all performance indicators are rated as 80 or above. It shows the % of performance indicators that are 80 or above (green), between 60 and 80 (yellow), and below 60 (red). Even in a certified fishery, there may be certain performance indicators that are below 80 and require the fishery to meet conditions to raise those scores and achieve a sustainable status according to international best practice. The source of the information is the same as for the Principle scores described above and is assessed annually.
Sustainability Progress button
Clicking on the “Sustainability Progress” button will take you to the Sustainability Progress Summary page for the fishery, where you will see the sustainability scores for a fishery over time. Typically there will be a baseline assessment and then annual audits.
Action Progress button
Clicking on the “Action Progress" button will take you to the Action Progress page for the fishery, which summarizes action items and the fishery's progress toward completing improvement actions.
What does Certification status mean?
The certification status is shown immediately above the fishery name in a blue bubble with white text, and it is also possible to filter the list according to certification status.
- Certified: The fishery is certified according to the MSC standard.
- FIP: A fishery is in a FIP once the stakeholders have come together and explicitly committed to addressing problems in the fishery, there is supply chain engagement, a baseline sustainability assessment (MSC pre-assessment or similar) and accompanying action plan to guide the improvement process are publicly available, and a system for tracking progress against the action plan is in place.
- In Assessment: A fishery is considered in assessment once the client has hired a certification body to formally evaluate the fishery against a credible third-party sustainability standard (currently the MSC standard is the only third-party standard widely recognized as credible). A fishery In Assessment which is also in a FIP (actively working on improvements) is classified as “FIP” in the Salmon FIP Tracker.
- FIP In Development: A fishery is considered a FIP In Development if the fishery has committed to undergo a baseline assessment and development of an action plan. FIPs in Development become official FIPs once they meet the requirements above (see FIP) including a completion of the baseline assessment and an agreed upon action plan has been made publicly available.
Assessments, Action Plans, and Annual Reviews
For each fishery, depending on where they are in the assessment and improvement process, documents for baseline assessments, action plans and annual reviews are available in pdf format for download if you are a registered user. These are typically either the entire report or excerpts from reports by third-party certification bodies hired by the fishery. These may be public documents in the case of full MSC assessments, or may be private documents, as is typical of a pre-assessment, that the fishery has decided to make public via the FIP Tracker. These documents contain the source information that is summarized, interpreted and visually displayed for FIP Tracker users.
- Assessments: An assessment is done at the fishery client’s request, and the certification body assesses the fishery against agreed upon sustainability standards.
- Action Plans: Action plans are specific steps a fishery must take to address the conditions and concerns defined during the fishery assessment.
- Annual Audits: On a yearly basis the fishery undergoes a formal audit or review. During the annual review the action plan can be updated to reflect recent changes and improvements in the fishery. Sustainability scores will also be updated based on audit results and reflected in the FIP Tracker profile for the fishery.
The sustainability progress summary page, reached by clicking on the “Sustainability Progress” button, shows the sustainability scores and progress towards reaching an unconditional pass against the MSC standard derived from assessments and annual reviews. Scores should increase over time as the fishery implements agreed upon improvements.
Clicking on the latest assessment or annual review will take you to an action item progress page that summarizes action items and the fishery’s progress toward completing improvement actions.
The action progress page, reached by clicking on the "Action Progress" button, lists Conditions (for a certified fishery) or Improvement Goals (for all other fisheries), the required actions, priority, target date for completion, progress toward meeting the condition or goal, and relevant performance indicators. As actions are successfully completed, scores for relevant performance indicators should increase as the fishery moves toward achieving internationally recognized standards for sustainability.
How “progress” is determined
Progress is based on an annual review which assesses whether or not progress is being made on conditions and actions required, as laid out in the fishery action plan. For a recent assessment, in which the action plan was just established and not yet implemented, all actions will have a status of “Not started”. Once action plan implementation has begun, progress status will be “No progress” (red), “Behind schedule” (yellow), “On track” (green, partial bar) or “Completed” (green, full bar).
How “priority” is determined
Priority indicates how important the condition and required action is to the sustainability of the target stock, ecosystem, and fishery as a whole.
Relevant performance indicators
A fishery is scored on a scale of 1 to 100 for each performance indicator, and indicators are grouped under the three principles of sustainability: stock status, ecosystem, and management.
A number of organizations track FIP progress by stage. Here is a comparison of the FIP stage frameworks of leading organizations.
The Salmon FIP Tracker has been developed to increase the accountability and verification of credible fishery improvement projects. If you are interested in sharing some potential use or adaptation of this platform toward this goal, please contact us to discuss.